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    Past Continuous/Past Simple

    a.We played tennis last week.
    b.We were playing tennis last week.
    c.We were playing tennis last year.
    d.We were playing tennis ten years ago.
    e.We were playing tennis thirty years ago.

    Are they all acceptable? If it's too distant past, Past Continuous seems strange to me.

    Please help me.


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    Re: Past Continuous/Past Simple

    We played tennis last week.
    b.We were playing tennis last week when...
    c.We were playing tennis at Wimbledon this time last year.
    d.We were playing tennis ten years ago, when
    e.We were playing tennis at that club thirty years ago when the same thing happened. Luckily, nobody was killed this time."

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    Re: Past Continuous/Past Simple

    Thank you, David.

    Now I'm confident they are all correct.
    In the right context, they are all OK, right?


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    Re: Past Continuous/Past Simple

    Context makes all the difference.

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